Good response to Modi: Muraleedharan

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will contest in all 20 seats in the State in the Lok Sabha elections, State president V. Muraleedharan has said.

Speaking to the media, the BJP chief said people’s response to the recent visit of BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi to Kerala had proved that he had already impacted popular imagination and the party would strive to make the most of this, in the coming elections.

“Even in a place such as Kollam, where the party could not boast of a major presence, the response was huge,” he said.

Mr. Muraleedharan, who refused make a prediction on the party’s performance in the parliament elections, said the list of candidates had not been finalised.

However, he predicted a strong chance of the party fielding general secretary K. Surendran from the Kasaragod segment.

To another question, he said “the people want O. Rajagopal to contest from Thiruvananthapuram. But the party has not taken a decision”.

He said corruption and the policy of minority appeasement followed by the UDF government would be the major poll issues.

“The UDF has been playing vote bank politics during the past two-and- a-half years and as a result, there is an impression that the government’s functioning was circumscribed by the parochial political interests of the Indian Union Muslim League,” Mr. Muraleedharan said.

The BJP chief alleged that the nexus between the LDF and the UDF had become clear with the delay in seeking a CBI inquiry into the Data Centre issue.

“While the government has come out with an explanation that the case will be investigated by the CBI, it owes an explanation to the people as to what led to this inordinate delay and who worked behind it,” he said.

He reiterated the party’s stance that the recent arrest of a person in connection with gold smuggling had to be looked into by the National Investigation Agency (NIA).

“Even Union Minister of State for Home (Mullappally Ramachandran) has called for an NIA investigation in the case,” he said.

The party had suspended V. Aswani Dev, vice-president, South Zone, of the BJP for indiscipline.

The party had found that he was instrumental in leaking the content of a speech made by Mr. Modi in his address to party leaders at Mascot Hotel in Thiruvananthapuram during his recent visit to Kerala, he said.

  • K. Surendran likely to contest from Kasaragod

  • List of candidates yet to be finalised